Turnip Lights Parade

The Turnip Lights Parade, known here as the Räbeliechtliumzug (very happy to be typing that and not pronouncing it) took place here in Albisrieden the first Saturday in November. It’s a tradition quite similar to Halloween, except with lanterns made out of turnips instead of pumpkins. The school children make their own carved turnips in class, and display them on this night for everyone to see in a procession of lanterns down the streets. The parade is meant to acknowledge that winter is on its way, and many people come out from the town to take part in the event. This was our first year of attending, so it was very exciting to experience.

We had our friends Stina, Jakob and Serafina over to enjoy this together. The papas carved the turnips together. They took it pretty seriously!


On the way to go see the parade


This was at the very beginning of it and the displays were just massive!




This was one of Alex’s favorites – the firetruck



Very proud lantern holders



It was a fun event and I think it’s a great way to get the town together for the evening, as well as admire the hard work by the school children.


2 thoughts on “Turnip Lights Parade

  1. Joan Lee

    So cool! Thanks for showing us your bright and inventive holiday. turnips – perfect size, nice color – why didn’t we think of that?

  2. Patty McHugh

    INCREDIBLE LIGHT DISPLAYS with the use of turnips! So glad, once again, that Alex always has a little “buddy” to share his experiences with! The parents seem to have a great time, together, also!
    Love you,
    Mom and Dad

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